SUNDERLAND first-team coach Charlie Oatway has confirmed the club would love to have Fabio Borini back again next season.
The on-loan Liverpool striker has emerged as a real crowd favourite this season, proving coolness personified from the penalty spot and regularly scoring at vital times.
And Oatway admits Sunderland would love to see him playing in red and white again in the 2014-15 campaign.
“Fabio has done brilliantly for us,” he said.
“What a guy, and what a gentleman too - he’s been great for us.
“His workrate on a daily basis, let alone a matchday is phenomenal.
“It would be lovely to have him with us again.
“But his future comes down to a decision by another club, which we cannot really have an opinion on.
“I’m just glad he has enjoyed his time here though.”
Borini has scored nine goals in 39 appearances and would love to reach double figures this Sunday in the game against Swansea.
Although it took him a while to earn a place in the starting line-up he has scored in both derby games against Newcastle United, the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City
Those goals and goals against teams of the quality of Man United, Man City and Chelsea helped earn him the Young Player of the Season award.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of the 23-year-old he spent £10.5m to acquire for the Reds, but Sunderland will be hopeful of perhaps getting the young forward back on loan again next season.
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